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Mountain Climbing in Argentina: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You

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Argentina is a vast and diverse land, ranging from the tropics of the North, the Pampas and Andes in the West, Buenos Aires in the East, and the mighty Patagonia in the South. Mountain climbing is an excellent activity to get to know the underbelly of this fine country.

Argentina conjures up images of huge and vast desolate plains framed by towering and majestic mountains, with flat grass fields and romantic cities littering the landscape. The Andes and Patagonia are two of the most impressive natural wonders on earth, with Buenos Aires being one of the great world cities. Mountain climbing on the famous mountains in this country is an unbelievably special experience, as the wide array of landscapes and sheer epic scale of the scenery takes the breath away. Take a pick from our selection of mountain climbing trips in Argentina, and prepare to fall in love with this exquisite place!

Mountain Climbing in Argentina

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Argentina

What should I know about Mountain Climbing Argentina?

Argentina is a very large country, with every conceivable type of climate and landscape possible located within. Each region has its own distinct culture, so try and learn more about each one to discover just how diverse this place is.

Some of the mountain climbing can be extremely difficult, so make sure you have a good level of fitness before undertaking.

Why should I choose Argentina for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

The Scenery

The scenery of Argentina is absolutely jaw-dropping and breath-taking, with vast tracts of fields and pampas giving way to massive lakes, humongous mountains and dry rock formations. Patagonia in particular has been a source of fascination for centuries, with its other-worldly terrain and sheer emptiness creating a unique territory at the bottom of the world.

The Culture

The culture of Argentina is heavily shaped by its immigrant-heavy history, with Spanish colonial and Italian influences still looming large. Red meat, wine, tango and beautiful art are just some of the gorgeous cultural delights to sample, with late-nights and a fun vibe permeating the country.

The Cities

Argentina contains fantastic cities, with the world-famous, riotous and intoxicating Buenos Aires an obvious example. Other places such as Mendoza, Cordoba, Rosario and Salta each have unique and distinct cultures, customs and traditions, with interesting histories and sumptuous architecture abound.

What can I expect from the weather in Argentina?

Hot summers and mild Winters in most of the country, with Patagonia very cold for most of the year.

Which language is predominantly spoken in Argentina?

Spanish

What currency is accepted in Argentina?

Argentine Peso

How can I get to Argentina?

Flights to Buenos Aires from most South/Central/North American hubs, with many more from Europe.

What’s the country code of Argentina?

+54

What’s the high season for Mountain Climbing in Argentina?

October-March, when the weather is warmest and conditions driest.

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | Argentina

Tina

5.00

Destino Montana was a superb guiding service. I would highly recommend them!

5.00

Overall, this was a fantastic hike. You get some astonishing views and can take different routes according to your fitness level and interest. Personally, I enjoyed our quick stay at the high camp where we got to meet several people who were acclimatising for their ascends to the higher peaks. Also, we really enjoyed the time with Joaquin. Thanks to his fun personality and intersting conversations (also fluent in English which helped in my case) the time together went by way too quickly. Even before the beginning of the trip he gave us a lot of proactive advise when we wanted to choose a route that suited our demands and later he helped us with finding places to get some extra gear. During the trip and thanks to Joaquins deep knowledge of the region, he was able to adapt the route we were taking when my friend suffered from some altitude sickness. Also, a big plus was the great food that we had during the trip, including some (fantastic!) homemade carrot mayo and the asado we prepared on the first evening which was the best meal we had in Argentina.

5.00

This review was for a guide (Gaston Lopez) sent by Hernan. This was the worst guiding I've experienced on any trip taken over the last 8 years on over a dozen trips around the world. Numerous issues that you would not expect from a guide who's been certified for 12+ years. The most significant being: suggested I could wear normal hiking boots on a 6016 meter mountain (Nevado San Francisco) when I've always worn doubles on 6000 and even on cold 5000 meter mountains. An inexperienced person could have had foot issues/frost bite as it was cold the day we summited. Not knowing the route on Ojos - he suggested we try for the summit at 13:30 after moving from Arenal to the higher camp, but couldn't provide an answer when I asked what the average time was for people to summit when leaving from the high camp. We eventually had to turn around from this summit attempt because he seriously misjudged the timing and lost the route during our ascent. After this failed attempt, he said we'd make another attempt the following morning and that it would take maybe 7 hours up and 5 hours down, meaning we'd need to leave by 8:00 at the absolute latest to make it back before dark. The next morning he was still sleeping at 7:00, and hadn't mentioned anything about departure time the night before, so I left before him and led myself up to the plateau before he caught up and we went the rest of the way together. By this point I had lost all confidence in his guiding ability, advice, and planning, so I made the decision to leave on my own for the summit because I knew he wasn't leaving me enough time by sleeping in. Other issues: every time this guide verbalized the itinerary, it was different (he was clearly very disorganized and lacked basic planning skills); this was the worst and cheapest food I've experienced on any trip. Example: after an 11-hour summit day, we had canned lentils, canned vegetables, rice, tuna, and tomatoes mixed together for dinner vs. other teams that ate grilled meat, stir fry, hamburgers, tacos, etc. There was also inadequate/low quality breakfast of cookies and cereal only, as opposed to other teams eating eggs, toast with jam & peanut butter, bread/chapati, etc.; of all the guided teams at Las Grutas, we didn't have paperwork for the car to get past the gendarmie post so we had to get a ride from someone else to Nevado (shows poor planning and logistics); pacing was not great and he was so far ahead of me most of the time that he had no idea what my pace was, not to mention this is a dangerous practice in terms of keeping an eye on your client; guide had no hand sanitizer and didn't wash hands when preparing food; guide incorrectly told me I was developing HAPE because of a cough I tend to get at altitude but my oxsat was 83% and resting heart rate was ~95 bpm at 5500 meters.

5.00

This was truly a wonderful two days, I had one objective which was to experience altitude prior to beginning a long high altitude expedition in the coming days. Joaquin curated the two days around this objective and we headed to an area off the beaten track. I just loved this and feel so fortunate to have experienced this area, the Guanaco's were fascinating and I just loved watching them and spotting them in the mountains. Joaquin provided me with so much knowledge and useful tips to help me during my expedition. The two days ended in an unexpected storm which just added to the fun and really rounded out what was one of the most memorable hikes I have done to date. Next time I'm back in Mendoza I will definitely call on Joaquin again.

Tatsuya

5.00

Merlin is a well accomplished climber, and he has shared with me his knowledge abs skills while we were climbing. Climbing Cerro Electrico was very physically demanding, but I had an amazing time climbing with him. I can’t wait to climb other peaks with him again.

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